Collabora Online 22.05 Release Notes

Please find all information on updates, features, and fixes of the Collabora Online 22.05 branch on this page. Details about security updates are available here. For the best experience, we recommend that you use the latest version of Collabora Online from our most current development branch. Please follow these instructions for a seamless upgrade to Collabora Online 22.05. (Link currently leading to the 21.11 update instructions)

Collabora Online 22.05.8.4

Released on November 24, 2022

New features and fixes:

  • Playback of embedded videos in Impress

    With new support for embedded media files, it is now possible to click on an embedded video, in edit mode, and have the video played back in the browser. The user is presented with the standard video controls, including the ability to pause, seek, control the volume, and maximize the video to full screen.

    In addition, the user is able to move the placement of the video by using drag-and-drop interactions, and resize it.

    Video support in COOL 22.05.8
    Video support in COOL 22.05.8

    When a video is saved with thumbnail in the document, it will be presented in place of the video when displaying the document. Currently there is no support to extract a freeze-frame from the video to use as a thumbnail in Collabora Online.

    Video playback also works in full screen presentation mode (i.e. SVG export of presentation).

    Thanks to NLnet Foundation for sponsoring this work.

  • Faster tile compression with zstd

    Five times less load on CPU for tile compression, thanks to the zstd compression library (developed by Facebook), than the old solution that used zlib.

    Compression vs. Speed ratio of zstd and zlib
    Compression vs. Speed ratio of zstd and zlib

    It is about 10% performance improvement overall.

  • New menu items in context menu of a cell in Calc: Insert Cells… and Delete Cells….
    Calc cell context menu
    Calc cell context menu
  • New setting for the log level at startup: logging.level_startup. Previously the log level of the initial phase was always trace, in order to debug startup issues better. We kept it as default, but now the log level is configurable in this initial phase, too. For docker, users can set the extra_params environment variable, like extra_params=--o:logging.level_startup=warning.
  • In Impress users get correctly rendered previews of slides (master page in Master page mode, standard page view in Page mode) and do not see single tiles from other mode when multiple users work at the same time.
  • Fixed SVG export (full screen presentation) of text fields (e.g. slide number, footer) of Impress presentations.
  • Small UI fixes
  • Translation updates

Collabora Online 22.05.7.5

Released on November 17, 2022

  • Fixed a regression in 22.05.7.4 release: old/deprecated wopi.host setting was ignored.

Collabora Online 22.05.7.4

Released on November 16, 2022

  • Fixed a memory leak related to remote config feature

Collabora Online 22.05.7.3

Released on November 1, 2022

New features and fixes:

  • Detection missing fonts and easy remote font management without restart

    The problem: When a user loads a document in Collabora Online that uses fonts the server does not have, the document looks bad. The user may think that it’s Collabora Online’s fault.

    The Solution: the new fonts_missing.handling configuration setting controls whether Collabora Online reports missing fonts in the log and/or informs user with a popup window.

    Missing fonts popup
    Missing fonts popup

    Admins can acquire the font and add it to the server. Every minute Collabora Online checks for a JSON file with the URL given in remote_font_config.url configuration setting. It downloads missing fonts and makes the available for future editing sessions without the need of restart.

  • In place translation of document text with DeepL

    DeepL Translator is a neural machine translation service that provides an API. After setting deepl.api_url and deepl.auth_key in configuration, DeepL is ready to use in Collabora Online. For example the selected paragraph can be translated from any supported source language to any supported target language with Translate button on the Review bar.

    Translate text with DeepL
    Translate text with DeepL
  • Export forms built with content controls to functional PDF forms

    Writer users can create fillable forms using content controls, and export them to PDF. During export content controls are mapped to PDF form widgets, therefore the resulting PDF form will be fillable, too. For more information about this unique feature, please refer to the developer’s blog post.

  • Interesting new features for integrators

    The mention feature, initally in Writer, can insert the link to the user profile of the mentioned user into the document. When the user types @ character, it activates the function. Integrators need to implement UI_Mention postmessage API endpoint. Collabora Online will send request to this endpoint with the initial character that the user typed in. In the Action_Mention postmessage API call a JSON is expected where each object contains { username: '<username>', profile: '<link to user profile>' }.

    The grouped Save As button allows the user to save the document in a different file format back to the storage. If the integration supports this feature, i.e. can handle the args: {format: '' } parameter in UI_SaveAs, then it can set the grouped Save As button by setting SaveAsMode='group' in uiDefaults.

    Grouped Save As button
    Grouped Save As button

     

  • Set, change or delete document open password (encryption password)

    Now it is possible to set, change or delete password for a document in Collabora Online, that is required to open the file. The feature is accessible through the document’s Properties dialog.

    Set, change or delete password
    Set, change or delete password
  • Slide sorter improvements in Impress (more visible selection)
  • Added EditPrintArea and AddPrintArea uno commands to Calc
  • Fixed SVG export of tabulators (Impress slideshow in browser)
  • Translation updates

Collabora Online 22.05.6.3

Released on September 27, 2022
Minor bugfix release with micro-features. Some highlights:

  • New platform: ppc64le (Ubuntu 20.04 packages and docker image for customers)
  • Cache the result of disk space check and return the error message correctly to the client, if disk space is low, all the time.
  • Properly remove comments from the document, when their anchor is deleted.
  • Fixed detection of capabilities needed for bind mounting in unprivileged LXC or docker containers
  • Improvements to scrollbars
  • UI tweaks
  • Translation updates

Collabora Online 22.05.5.4

Released on August 22, 2022
Small fixes to the initial release:

  • Fixed missing icons
  • LOKit: load template documents as regular documents, otherwise they cannot be directly saved
  • Fixed buttons in Autofilter popup not working correctly

Collabora Online 22.05

Released on August 4, 2022